Cockney legend Chas & Dave on tour with The Full Story

Chas and Dave at the De La Warr Pavilion as tour is extended through public demand SUS-160224-105632001
Chas and Dave at the De La Warr Pavilion as tour is extended through public demand SUS-160224-105632001
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The Full Story Live is the history of Great British treasures Chas & Dave as they strike out on tour around the nation again, back by popular demand.

This latest show comes to the De la Warr Pavilion on December 1 and tickets (£27.50-£29.50) have already gone on sale - call 01424 229111 for details, or go to www,dlwp.com.

Still selling out theatres all over the UK following on from their hit album That’s What Happens, Chas & Dave know how to give an audience a good time.

They will be performing all the hits that made them famous, such as Gertch, Sideboard Song, Rabbit, Aint No Pleasing You, Margate and many more.

The critically-acclaimed That’s What Happens (Warner Bros) was recorded in Studio 2, Abbey Road – “The Beatles Room” – with Grammy-winning bluesman Joe Henry on production duties.

The release of it saw Chas and Dave not only return to the UK album charts but also to their roots with a collection of early R&B, skiffle and rock n’ roll classics alongside new takes on songs of their own.

The album also featured a crack team of musicians and special guests including guitarists Albert Lee and Martin Taylor, Buddy Holly & The Crickets’ drummer J. I Allison, and Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie on keys.

Chas & Dave first arrived on the music scene in the 70s and created a sound that was uniquely British and rockin’ to boot. And it’s those songs that have ensured that the boys have continued to tour for over five decades to audiences across the world, enchanted by their down-to-earth charm and great song-writing.

Chas Hodges (piano, vocals, banjo, and guitars) and Dave Peacock (bass guitar, vocals, banjo, and guitars) first met in 1963 but only began recording together in 1972. Both largely came from session backgrounds with Chas working with the likes of Joe Meek, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Blackmore, and Albert Lee in bands such as The Outlaws, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and Heads Hands and Feet. And Dave being equally active with The Tumbleweeds, Mick Greenwood, Jerry Donahue among others.

Their debut album One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver was released in 1975 earning praise from the likes of Radio One legend John Peel. Their proudly cockney vocals blended with Rock’n’Roll led them to title their 1978 EMI album Rockney. Gertcha was the first of their eight Top 40 hits in 1979 while ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ reached number two in the singles chart in 1982.

As well as having their own TV specials the band also contributed theme tunes for TV shows such as Crackerjack and In Sickness & In Health as well as recording a special version of their hit Margate for the classic Only Fools and Horses Jolly Boys Outing’ episode.

In 2012 their contribution to popular culture was recognized by BBC Four with an hour-long documentary detailing their career and influence. The hugely popular show featured input from Jools Holland, Phill Jupitus, and Pete Doherty among others. That recognition was enhanced when they were invited to play the finale of the 2013 Royal Variety Performance with a rousing sing-song featuring the likes of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mary J Blige, and Jessie J singing along to London Girls.

After celebrating fifty years of their friendship in 2013, last year Chas & Dave performed a sold-out debut show at London’s most iconic venue - the Royal Albert Hall, made numerous headline-grabbing festival appearances such as Sonisphere at Knebworth, and were recognized by the esteemed Nordoff Robbins Foundation who awarded Chas & Dave the 2014 Silver Clef Icon award at a ceremony that included Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, and Sir Tom Jones.